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[rahn-duh-voo, -dey-; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu, -deɪ-; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/
noun, plural rendezvous
[rahn-duh-vooz; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvuz; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/ (Show IPA)
an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place.
the meeting itself.
a place designated for a meeting or assembling, especially of troops or ships.
a meeting of two or more spacecraft in outer space.
a favorite or popular gathering place.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), rendezvoused
[rahn-duh-vood] /ˈrɑn dəˌvud/ (Show IPA),
[rahn-duh-voo-ing] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to assemble at an agreed time and place.
Origin of rendezvous
1585-95; < Middle French, noun use of rendez-vous (imperative) present or betake yourselves; see render1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rendezvous
  • Those two crossings marked their successful rendezvous with the troops who had preceded them.
  • After such encounters with uninvolved individuals, the rendezvous is always transferred to a location with a secure lock.
  • But he's left it to you to arrange the first rendezvous.
  • Behind the picturesque and captivating rendezvous lurks a powerful dramatic situation and a moral problem of arresting gravity.
  • Trouble is, then you're stuck where you land and need to rendezvous with your habitat.
  • Or, perhaps, determining the romantic component of the rendezvous beforehand is useless.
  • Our afternoon survey leads to a trampled-down rendezvous site.
  • If necessary, they would skip the rendezvous and camp on the south bank until morning, when the river would be down.
  • rendezvous has a casual atmosphere and a family-friendly menu.
  • They pretended to be her to arrange the rendezvous last week as part of a sting operation with police.
British Dictionary definitions for rendezvous


noun (pl) -vous (-ˌvuːz)
a meeting or appointment to meet at a specified time and place
a place where people meet
an arranged meeting of two spacecraft
to meet or cause to meet at a specified time or place
Word Origin
C16: from French, from rendez-vous! present yourselves! from se rendre to present oneself; see render
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Word Origin and History for rendezvous

1590s, "place for assembling of troops," from Middle French rendez-vous, noun use of rendez vous "present yourselves," from rendez, plural imperative of rendre "to present" (see render (v.)) + vous "you," from Latin vos, from PIE *wos- "you" (plural). General sense of "appointed place of meeting" is attested from 1590s.


1640s, from rendezvous (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rendezvous in Technology

1. In Ada, the method of synchronising the activity of different tasks.
2. Query language, close to natural English.
["Seven Steps to Rendezvous with the Casual User", E. Codd in Data Base Management, J.W. Klimbie et al eds, N-H 1974, pp.179-199].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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